Maersk has published a video showing the launching of its first dual-fuel container ship that can run on methanol. The 2100-TEU feeder vessel is to set sail this summer.
Both the vessel’s main engines and auxiliary engines can operate on green methanol. The launching took place on 4 April at Hyundai Mipo.
Launching these mega structures takes precision and care, ‘extensive product and design development from a large number of key suppliers and is driven forward by our Procurement and Fleet Technology teams,’ says Henrik Ekmann, Head of Newbuilding & Retrofit at Maersk.
The methanol-powered ship will be added to the fleet of Sealand Europe, a subsidiary of Maersk, in mid-2023. It will sail between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia under the Danish flag.
Nineteen methanol-powered container ships
Maersk has in total ordered nineteen vessels with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol.
The 172-metre feeder vessel precedes a series of twelve 16,000-TEU container ships that Maersk ordered with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) after this feeder vessel in 2021 and 2022. Eight of these will be delivered in 2024, with the rest following in 2025. In October 2022, another order with HHI followed for six 17,000-TEU container ships to be delivered in 2025.
The picture at the top is a still from the video below.